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Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe

Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe

Bacon and jalapeno pepper update ordinary mac and cheese, giving it great grown-up taste. I serve this comforting dish throughout the year.—Shelly Boehm, South Bend, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 6 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 3 green onions, chopped


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Saute jalapeno in reserved drippings. Add milk and cheeses to pan; cook and stir until blended. Stir in the onion powder, chili powder, salt, pepper and pepper sauce.
  • 3. Drain macaroni; add to pan with the onions and cooked bacon. Mix well.
  • 4. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 438 calories, 26g fat (13g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1106mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

Reviews for Bacon Mac & Cheese

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Swilliamson003 User ID: 8934980 254234
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2016

"Very very good, did as recipe called for except added less Jalape?o. Everyone loved it."

baglov04 User ID: 8747282 243022
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"By far the best mac n cheese I've ever made and i'm a mac n cheese snobb. The only things I did different was add more jalapeno and one habanero (I like it really spicy) and I ommitted the green onion (simply because I didn't have any) and the recipe came out to die for. I will definitely be making this again soon!"

eramascot User ID: 8719942 242667
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"for added color add some broccoli. Good way to sneak it in under the kids nose"

MY REVIEW User ID: 5651791 241283
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"Very good. Added panko topping"

JudyVarnamCox User ID: 8481470 232018
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"My family gives this one a big thumbs up! The bacon really brings it a step up. Great side dish for any meat. JudyLA"

SusanH54 User ID: 6442199 222638
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2015

"Attn: luvmac -- when you buy shredded cheese if you look at the bags - an 8 oz bag = 2 cups."

luvmac User ID: 8288535 222582
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015 Edited Mar. 13, 2015

"I am confused on the amount of cheese. The recipe keeps saying add 1 cup (4 ounces) for the cheeses, BUT, a cup is 8 ounces. Is it supposed to be 4 ounces of each cheese, or 8 ounces???"

rcfslp User ID: 7851520 211676
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

"Ridiculously easy and a crowd pleaser!"

fuzzball5 User ID: 7704668 172117
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"This is the perfect mac and cheese recipe. I used half velveeta and half cream cheese and this worked very well. I made this with pork chops and the mac and cheese was eaten first. There was nothing left after the meal which made me happy:)"

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 189010
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"It was delicious even though I didn't use Velveeta. We are not big Velveeta fans so I used cream cheese in its place. It worked great!"

angela32 User ID: 3084463 105145
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"Yummmmm-o-licious! I added an extra pepper, we like it spicier around here :)"

Miraoli User ID: 7368454 110847
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

"This is some really good grown-up mac and cheese. I added a little bit of extra velveeta, just because I like my food extra cheesy. It turned out great and I will be making it again soon! has tons of great coupons that could be used on ingredients for this recipe."

Tiff7 User ID: 7123757 171787
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"I doubled the amount of velveeta it called for and omitted the jalapeno (didn't have one), the pepperjack gave it good flavor."

kkparsons13 User ID: 6467193 190730
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"Finally, a homemade mac and cheese recipe that I really love! This was delicious. I used reduced fat cheese (all four varieties) to lighten it up a bit and it was still wonderful. It also reheated well, unlike some mac and cheese recipes that dry up."

kkparsons13 User ID: 6467193 105141
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"Finally, a homemade mac and cheese recipe that I really love! This was delicious. I used reduced fat cheese (all four varieties) to lighten it up a bit and it was still wonderful. It also reheated well, unlike some mac and cheese recipes that dry up."

Donna_W User ID: 190124 211675
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"This was sooo good! I didn't add the salt as cheese typically has plenty of cheese in it already. I liked the little bit of zip that the jalapeno and chili powder gave!"

Annie Pat User ID: 6805892 176668
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"This was so Amazing!

I did not have any jalapenos, but I used a little extra bacon, and it was delish! :)"

frogleed User ID: 6409832 188313
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

"I just made this recipe for my family and it was a thumbs up to make this a regular in our meals."

joanysrefuge User ID: 3057792 176666
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

"! I think it sounds absolutely great & I can't wait to go home & make it tonight!"

enotaga User ID: 6826073 172115
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

"Made it this AM,WOW.Will do this again on a Sunday.Will add a little more bacon next time.Man this was great with wings.Yes I did this for breakfast with wings"

opieann User ID: 495056 118341
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

" The recipe sounds yummy to me and I am going to make it and serve smaller servings."

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